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Steps in Deck Restoration to Prepare for Summer

Deck cleaning is not always enough to get ready for summer because deck restoration is often required for aesthetic and safety reasons. A vibrant deck is far more inviting and suitable for entertaining than a gray, discolored deck that needs repair. The value of your home can increase enough with deck restoration that you could recoup up to 70% of the cost in the event you sell. Staining a deck after pressure washing, deck cleaning, and deck restoration are potentially all good do-it-yourself projects, though some issues are better suited for a pro. Learn more below about common steps involved in restoring a deck and when to call a professional.

Make Deck Repairs

A thorough inspection of your deck is step one in a deck restoration project. The following are a few tips for identifying areas of the deck in need of repair:

Contact with the Ground

Examine all parts of the deck in direct contact with the ground, which may include stair stringers, joists, and posts. 

Check for Wood Rot

Wood rot is a sign that major deck renovation and the help of a pro may be required, though only a few rotted boards may need to be replaced. Insects and water damage are the most common causes of wood rot. Sink the tip of a screwdriver in joists or posts to test for rot. Call a professional in the event wood rot on your deck is widespread.

Identify Large Gaps

Wood shrinks over time, and the result is that wide gaps between deck boards can become tripping hazards. The boards creating large gaps need to be replaced with new ones cut to the same length.

Fill and Seal Cracks

If your deck boards have cracks 6 inches long or less, fill them in with latex wood filler and follow up with deck sealant. For cracks longer than 6 inches, check the board on the underside. If there are no cracks underneath, reattach the board to the joists using deck screws. Boards cracked on both sides should be replaced entirely.

A Wobbly Deck 

A deck structure that wobbles or lurches is in a serious state of disrepair likely due to poor installation, termite damage, or prolonged wood rot. When this type of structural damage has occurred, a homeowner’s best course of action is to contact experienced professionals for repairs or installation of an entirely new deck.

Deck Cleaning Tips

Decks should be cleaned every year, which can involve pressure washing or manual application of deck cleaner. Be sure to use the right cleaner for the type of stain on your deck. The manual route also involves a stiff bristle brush, exertion, and effort to ensure that the mixture has been worked into the wood. If you are using a product that contains concentrated chemicals, wear gloves and eye protection. Also, protect nearby plants by covering them with plastic sheeting.

Apply the Stain

Once your deck is repaired and cleaned, it’s time for application of the stain. To ensure best results on staining or any type of exterior or interior paint job, hire proven professionals like SNL Painting Inc.

Contact SNL Painting Inc. for Deck Restoration Services

Homeowners and business owners in the St. Louis MO area trust SNL Painting Inc. to deliver top-quality workmanship, whether for deck restoration, interior painting, or exterior painting. Give SNL Painting Inc. a call at 636-724-6829 for unsurpassed service in providing deck cleaning, deck restoration, and more.

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Wooden Deck

If you’re like us, spring cleaning season makes you look forward to get-togethers in the backyard and barbecues on your deck. Before you invite friends and family over for a good time, however, you’ll need to dust off that table set and do some cleaning. After all, you want your deck to be an inviting place to socialize, not a neighborhood eyesore! To keep it this way, you need to put in the time to clean and maintain it. Regular maintenance also helps keep the wood in good shape, so you can continue using your deck year after year.

Here’s what we recommend for clients who want to give their wooden deck some TLC for spring …

5 Instructions for Getting a Sparkling Clean Deck for Spring Entertaining

1. Begin by clearing the space.

Clear furniture and plants off the surface of your deck and remove any clutter. Sweep away the leaves and debris from our long autumn and winter.

2. Next, grab the hose and rinse your deck.

Rinse the entire deck to get dust and debris off the surface. You should use a garden hose with a spray attachment on the highest setting; you can use a pressure or power washer if you like, but be aware that a too-strong blast may damage your deck. You may need to use a scrub brush on any oily spots or stains. When you’ve finished spraying and scrubbing, rinse once more so you have a smooth surface.

3. Clean with sudsy water or a commercial cleanser.

You can buy a cleaning solution or simply prepare a sudsy solution using laundry detergent. Use a long-handled brush or a push broom to scrub your deck until clean. Then rinse with a garden hose (not a pressure washer). If you see areas of mold, algae, or mildew growth, add a little bleach to warm water, and let the solution seep into the stain. Scrub the stain clean and rinse again.

4. Let your deck dry, and then reseal it.

For this step, you’ll need to purchase a wood sealer for your deck. Some sealers include a waterproofing agent or chemicals that prevent mildew, so be sure to explore your options. Sweep your dry deck to clear any dust that may have settled, and then apply the wood sealer to the deck according to the label instructions.

5. While your sealer is drying, tend to your outdoor furniture.

Remove and wash cushions and wipe down your outdoor furniture to get rid of grime. Now may be the time to determine if your furniture needs a paint job, or if you need to redecorate. Adding some plants or lighting can make your deck the perfect party pad.

Too Much on Your Plate this Spring? SNL Painting can Help with Those Chores!

If you’ve got a “honey do” list that’s a mile long, let the experts at SNL Painting Inc. help you out. We can stain your deck, paint your fence, touch up your exterior and more. Our representatives are ready to help you make this your best looking spring yet.

Should you Paint or Stain Your Deck? Pros and Cons of Each Choice

Decks are sort of like an extension of your kitchen, aren’t they? On warm days, they allow you to bring your living space outdoors with you. They provide a laid-back location for sharing the fun of a summer afternoon with your loved ones. There’s the sound of the kids playing on the lawn, the mouthwatering smell of meat on the grill, the warm feeling of the sun on your face and the comfortably worn wooden planks under your bare feet. What could be better?

If you love that feeling, like we do, then you know it takes regular maintenance to keep your deck looking great summer after summer.

So, when it comes to refinishing your deck this year, should you paint it or stain it?

Both Paint and Stain can Protect Your Wooden Deck for Years of Use

In a sense, your choice comes down to preference. Both painting and staining will help your deck last longer than it would if it were left untreated. Both materials keep water out of your wood and protect it from sun damage. We certainly recommend that you treat your wooden deck so that you can entertain friends and family outside for years to come.

There are slight differences between paint and stain, however, that may make you lean one way or the other. Below, we list the pros and cons of each choice.

Painting Your Deck: Pros and Cons

Painting has a few benefits over staining that you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • Paint has a thicker finish than stain. It can fill little gaps in your deck, so it’s a great choice if your deck already has a little wear and tear.
  • Darker paint can be easier to clean than light-colored paint or stain. If paint is treated correctly, it protects your wood so that dirt washes right off. If you’ve got pets or kids, this may be a big benefit to you.
  • Speaking of protection, paint is better at resisting rot and mold, as well as blocking sun damage.
  • With paint, your color choices are endless. If you’re into adding pops of color to your home or yard, paint might be your best choice.

As with any choice, painting comes with some drawbacks as well:

  • It’s not the most natural looking choice. If you love the look of hardwood, you may want to consider a stain instead of covering up all of that beautiful wood grain with solid color.
  • If you do go with paint, keep in mind that you’re making that choice forever. It’s extremely difficult to switch from paint to stain. You’ll most likely end up repainting your deck from year to year.
  • Most of us aren’t color experts. A color that looks great on an interior wall won’t necessarily look great under your feet. Yes, there are lots of color choices. There’s also the chance that you could create extra work for yourself by choosing wrong.
  • With paint, you may have to be extra careful when it’s wet or icy outside. Depending on the sheen of your pain, your deck can become very slippery. If you’re concerned about slips and falls, you might want to simply stain your deck instead.

Staining Your Deck: Pros and Cons

If you rule out paint, you’ll want to consider either a semi-transparent stain or a clear sealer. There’s a lot to choose from in this category, but a few general benefits apply across the board:

  • Do you love the natural beauty of wood? Stain allows that beauty to shine through. With stain, you keep that lovely variety and texture of wood grain.
  • Generally speaking, stains aren’t as slippery as paint covering. They give you a flat surface that lightly protects the wood without completely covering it up with a polished sheen.
  • When you paint a room, do you ever miss a spot? If you’re not great with a brush,  you might want to consider staining. It’s easier to apply and a bit more forgiving than paint.
  • If you prefer stain but also want plenty of color choices, you’re in luck. Stain now comes in a variety of shades. Just be sure to consider the color of the wood itself as you pick your color.

No choice is perfect. Here are a few drawbacks to staining or sealing your deck rather than painting it:

  • Choosing stain? Get ready to reapply! Stain may not last as long as paint does, so you may have to recoat your deck more often. If maintenance really isn’t your thing, go with paint instead.
  • Is your deck a little worse for wear? Stain doesn’t fill cracks as easily as paint does. It’s simply thinner than paint. So if your deck has some trouble spots you’d like to cover up, paint might be a better choice.
  • If you’re not a fan of the rustic look, you might want to choose paint rather than sealant or stain. Stain won’t really cover all of wood’s imperfections. If you don’t care for the look of wood grain, make a different selection.

SNL Painting, Inc. can Paint or Stain Your Deck. Call on Us for Friendly Service and Expertise

If you’d rather not do the job yourself, our professionals at SNL can make your deck look great for you. We first power wash your deck to both clean the surface and get your deck ready for a new coat of stain or paint. Then we hand-brush your entire deck. We don’t spray your deck; we believe hand brushing makes the job look better and last longer.

If you have questions about what we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Our pros would love to take your summer space from good to great this year.

Keep Your Deck in Great Shape Whether it’s Spring, Summer, or Fall!

We hope you’ve enjoyed your deck this summer. As the weather gets cooler, it’s tempting to leave the chores for later – maybe even next year.

Don’t! We recommend doing maintenance on your deck now so you don’t face nasty challenges come spring.

Deck Maintenance in Early Fall

Some homeowners think they’re off the hook once cool weather starts. They begin counting the number of times they’ll have to mow the lawn before snow falls, or they happily cover their patio furniture and forget about it until spring. If you own a deck, however, you have to maintain it properly to make sure you will get years of use from it.

So, let’s talk about what you can do – right now – to care for your premier party patio!

  • Trim bushes and trees.

This may not seem like a necessary chore, but trimming nearby bushes can help slow the growth of mold, moss, or rot on your deck. Trim them back now so you don’t have mold issues in the spring.

  • Rake leaves and don’t let debris pile up.

This chore is important for the same reason. You don’t want to peel rotted leaves off your deck when the weather warms up.

  • Don’t leave planters or patio furniture in the same place.

Moving them around occasionally helps you avoid discoloration.

  • Shop for discount patio furniture!

If you’re less than thrilled with the look of your patio, fall is the ideal time to buy. Several retailers will want to clear out their patio furniture in the fall and may offer deep discounts.

  • If the weather’s nice, go ahead and wash, seal, and stain your deck for next summer.

Save yourself a springtime chore! As long as the weather is mild, fall can be the perfect time to get this chore out of the way so your springtime entertaining can begin early. After all, deck stains are not designed for temperatures below 50 or above 90, and they need to dry out for a couple of days after application. For both of these reasons, the dry, mild weather of fall might just be ideal. These tips will come in handy if you decide these cooler days offer a great opportunity to spruce up that deck.

When the Snow Melts, Take Care of Spring Chores  

Once the snow melts and the warm weather returns, it’s important to check your deck for mold and mildew and give it a good wash. Remove debris and sweep the entire deck before washing it with an appropriate cleanser.

When you clean, you can use a garden sprayer, brush or paint roller. But don’t let liquid pool on your deck and don’t let the deck dry until you’ve scrubbed it completely. We recommend paying attention to the manufacturer’s instructions on the cleanser and rinsing thoroughly with clean water. Don’t forget to clean the railings! If you plan to seal your deck as well, wait two days before doing so.  

Our experts can help you stain your deck, as well! Spring is the best time to get your deck ready for entertaining.

More Tips and Tricks for Late Spring and Summer

You’re not off the hook over the summer! Here’s what you can do to maintain that deck and keep entertaining all season long …

When the weather is warm, that’s the best time to inspect your deck’s structure, look for signs of rot, and check how sturdy those joints are. Here are a few pro tips to get you started …

  • When you look for rot, check the stairs and each post. It helps to use a screwdriver to test areas you suspect may be rotted out. Some of these areas can simply be removed with a chisel or patched with a wood preservative. For extensive damage, however, you’ll need to contact a carpenter or home repair professional.
  • Use a flashlight to check underneath your deck. Be sure to check what carpenters call the ledger — a frame attaching the deck to your house. If the ledger looks weak, you’ll want to have it repaired right away so there’s no risk of collapse. Be sure to check that any major beams are attached with lag screws, not nails, and that none of these screws are rusted out.
  • Don’t neglect the railing. Check to see that posts are not loose. Finally, check for cracks or rotting boards on the deck itself.

If you’d like to hire a professional to get your deck spruced up while the weather is mild, let us know! Our professionals will be happy to keep your deck looking great year round.  

Three Valuable Benefits of Wood Deck Restoration

Spring is finally here, which means now is the perfect time to address some of the exterior components of your home that may have been ravaged by last year’s seasonal elements. 

Breathe some life back into your wooden deck or patio by keeping these three benefits of wood deck restoration in mind.


What is wood deck restoration?

Wood deck restoration can be a simple job, – or a more intensive job – depending on the age and condition of your wood deck. If your deck is only several years old, it may just need a good cleaning and a fresh coat of hand-brushed stain to return it to its former glory. If your deck has been neglected for a prolonged period of time, however, you may be in need of a full restoration treatment.


What causes damage to your wood deck over time?

Due to its outside location and predisposition to high foot traffic, wood deck damage is seldom avoidable. With every step that is taken across your deck’s surface, the original stain weakens ever so slightly. The same goes for exposure to various weather elements: rain, snow, hail and even the sun can all wreak havoc on the integrity of your deck’s porous exterior. Fortunately, there is something you can do to ensure your deck stays in beautiful working condition for years – if not decades – to come.


What are the benefits of wood deck restoration?

As we mentioned above, restoring your deck to a “like new” quality can be a simple or difficult process, depending on its current condition. The benefits of wood deck restoration, however, are the same across the board:

1) Increased Visual Appeal

The first thing you will notice when you re-stain your wood deck is an upgrade in its visual appeal. Sine wood is both porous and fibrous, each board has its own unique granular signature that is highlighted by a fresh coat of stain, giving your deck a finish that no other deck is likely to have.

2) Add Value to Your Home

A wooden deck that has not been maintained is viewed as a financial liability for those looking to sell and/or purchase a home. A wood deck that has been freshly restored, however, can be an asset. In fact, a well-kept deck can recoup up to 90 percent of the value that was originally spent to build and install it.

3) Prevent Your Deck From Rotting

If your deck is not re-stained regularly, the wood will begin to deteriorate. In severe cases, your deck can even begin to rot away, forcing you to spend unnecessary amounts of money to have the failing components replaced or even have your entire deck rebuilt. To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you re-stain your deck no less than every two to three years.


Restore your wood deck today!

Do you have a wood deck or patio that’s in need of some restoration love? Don’t go the journey alone! SNL Painting Inc. offers premium deck restoration services for affordable rates. To receive a complimentary, no obligation price quote for services that will fit your needs and your budget, click here. We look forward to working with you!



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